JDVines

Ventura, CA

 

Favorite Genres: Drama, Comedy, Romance, High Concept, Spirituality

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From: Kristina Michelle <kristina@worldeonline.com>----Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:22:55 AM----To: wordcrafter@outlook.com----Subject: Re: The Indie Gathering: Results---- “Hello. We are pleased to inform you that judging results have been finalized for The 2018 Indie Gathering, and ‘Dreams of Dogwood’ has won 1st place in the drama feature script category. Congratulations!”---- Yeah, this email felt pretty good. Had a good few days. Then I went back to work polishing my new comedy, ‘The Law of Dogma’. All of my work lately seems to be dog this or dog that. Not sure why that is.---- I cut my chops with a Midwest production company, ‘The John B. Rogers Producing Company’, staging historical re-enactments in high school and college stadiums in the Midwest and South. Kind of an auteur thing. Designed sets, wrote scripts, cast and directed about 250 actors, directed tech, taught farmers and their wives and daughters how to do the cha cha and the can can. (Didn’t sew any costumes.) Tons of fun and even got paid for it.---- I finally migrated to LA figuring I’d parlay this experience into some movie business job (along with two or three million other saps). I got as far as volunteering for some AFI production work, pursuant to a friend who actually paid AFI tuition. I also did a UCLA extension directing stint and pounded out a script, based on the true story of an iconoclastic solar energy entrepreneur. Sydney Pollack passed.---- Then I began living somebody else’s life, actually a bunch of other people. A few years ago I decided to live my own life and began writing. But first I studied the craft, ala about a dozen screenwriting books, which most of you have also read or know about.---- I have a small body of work, about a half dozen scripts, but I’m only admitting to two of them, my Indie winner, ‘Dreams of Dogwood’ (a Civil War period piece which will require some deep pockets), and my comedy, ‘The Law of Dogma’, with a CGI Boston terrier with transcendental powers. Yes, ‘the supernatural power bit has been overdone’. That’s actually a line in the script.---- So, writing has given me an outlet for my overactive imagination. It was either write or face the Cuckoo’s Nest.

A free-spirited young Buddhist Arhat misbehaves so badly that he qualifies for a little-known amendment to the Law of Karma, the ‘Law of Dogma’, and has to do life as a dog.

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Sukankar, aka ‘Suk’, a young, free-spirited and fun-loving disciple of the Buddha, is a prankster and practical joker who gets himself into some serious hot water with his naughty behavior. Despite the fact that he achieves Samadhi, and becomes an Arhat, he qualifies himself for a little-known amendment to the Law of Karma, ‘The Law of Dogma’, and has to do an incarnation as a Boston terrier. But this is no ordinary canine. He speaks (in English) as he cleverly narrates directly to the audience, and is endowed with ‘prayer fulfillment’, a transcendental power, normally reserved for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As a dog, he initially reverts back to his old ways, using his wits and his special ability for his own amusement, and bounces from one family to another, with visits to animal shelters in between. His adventures land him in a string of comical situations where he encounters a bevy of wacky, amusing characters straight out of central casting. Eventually, he is adopted by a humble family from Central L.A. and learns some of the harsh realities of urban family life. He develops a strong sense of compassion and a realization that his true mission as a dog is to help people solve their problems and alleviate their suffering and he becomes a little, fifteen pound super-hero. We wrap up the story, in the near future, with Sukankar, now human again, being recognized by the modern Buddha as a Bodhisattva who has achieved his spiritual attainment through a life-long commitment to compassionate service to humanity.

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